Master of Archaeological Studies


The programs approach Archaeology from the perspective of humanities and social sciences, rather than from a scientific perspective, as is the case with the Master of Archaeological Science. The Master program builds on the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Studies, and is designed to help students broaden, or deepen their knowledge in the field of Archaeology.

Typical courses

  • Advanced Archaeology
  • Ancient Health and Disease
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Archaeological Field and Laboratory Methods
  • Archaeological Research in Australia
  • Archaeological Studies Foundation
  • Archaeology and the Document
  • Archaeology and the Sacred Landscape
  • Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices
  • Archaeology of Mexico and Maya
  • Archaeology of the Central Andes
  • Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders
  • Australian Archaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archeology
  • Human Evolution
  • Human Skeletal Analysis
  • Introduction to Archaeological Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
  • Introduction to Heritage Studies
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Post-Roman Archaeology of Britain: Arthur and the Anglo Saxons
  • Research Design and Analysis in Archaeology
  • Scientific Dating and Isotope Analysis for Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
  • Topics in Pacific Archaeology

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science or the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Studies.